Ketamine, Thala G., Professor discussed on Bulletproof Radio
If I was going to be driving it because I probably wouldn't professional mechanic, and that's where I look at the role of neurologists and psychiatrists to help us improve ourselves. But I've been really frustrated doctor fivefold usually if you go to a psychiatrist, other something wrong with your brain, and let's see if we can fix it. I'm not that I don't think there's much wrong with my brain today. I just wanna brain that's twice as fast in twice as smart and will live ten times longer than mother nature wants it to be. And it seems like whenever I ask for that, I get the response. Well, more tests are needed and like let me be the test already come on here. So where is your field. On helping us get professor x pains versus just he'll depression, which is worth doing. Obviously, that field is generally falls under the term neuro enhancement, which is very interesting because starting about ten years ago there the began sort of a public, let's say, an open discussion among brain specialists about whether this is ethical and and something that neurologists psychiatrists should do. There's a controversy but but a lot of people including there was a there was a ethical committee from one of the neurological societies that looked at this and came to the following conclusion. They said, look, it may not be the best use of physicians because traditionally the physician kinda heels and takes Thala g. and and tries to remediate it. But but just like cosmetic surgery, it's not unethical. And if a neurologist. Or psychiatrist could add a quality of life to somebody. There's there's nothing inherently wrong with that. That wasn't that wasn't a accepted by everybody did. It did provoke a lot of disagreement, but so it is a controversial thing. But his brain is interesting because it's different than every other organ because if you have a kidney right, and your kidney is is performing what it needs to do. I mean, it's clearing the toxins from your blood. You know, that's all. That's all you really. You know, that's, that's fine. I mean, there's no point in making it through to clear twice as much blood volume than you actually have in the same amount of time because it really isn't going to impact your your ability to function. But the brain, I mean, when is, when is the brain good enough, you know what I mean? It's the brain is, is, is is how a heart and soul of who we are and how we perform and what we accomplished. So so it's never, you know. There's never a parameter saying, well, this brain is, you know, it's it's serving. It's purpose because maybe normal we may. We may find that a brain is in the normal distribution, but can you ever not benefit from a brain that's performing a little better? I don't think so. What is the brains purpose? Well. I'll give you this many answer step, but but but as a segue into ketamine and the psychedelic drugs, I'll give you one of the explanations and I think and this is counterintuitive, but it's, it's been my, it's sort of a conclusion I've come to by by listening to a lot of people who've had very profound life changing experiences taking ketamine, which is a psychedelic drug and also from their experiences with other psychedelic drugs. I think the brain where the brains major functions is to filter out reality. There's, there's a, there's a reality that's out there that is a counter productive to our ability to do what we do in this world and that is to sort of advance and reproduce and to and to propagate the species. And so I think. The rate does filters out some of the the really profound appreciation of of the world. And it puts it into a categorical everyday kind of knowledge that we that we have. And I realized this because you know, I think what the psychedelic drugs to and and it's interesting that there's so many different from collage ical mechanisms. They all seem to produce very similar. Subjective profound subjective experiences were patients will come back and they will feel that they had this this profound understanding of reality that occurred under the influence, but they don't feel it was like some sort of, you know, in neabry intoxicated phenomena, they actually feel that the the curtain was lifted and they were able to appreciate the true reality reality in which we are not categorical. We are. The world does not fit into. Verbal labels and categories..